S2D - SLIDE DIGITIZING SERVICES



STORIES FROM THE CAVE

If we go back to the beginning of story telling mankind, the first writings were preceded by pictures scraped and drawn on cave walls with bone and charcoal.  These were the first storytellers, of the hunt, of the strange beasts, of victories and life.  Some of these drawings were incredibly accurate.

We may have evolved a millennium in time but we still have stories to tell and those stories have been portrayed for the past century on walls just like the cavemen did only we used slides, a screen and a Kodak projector.  And in some cases an unwilling audience asking the battle cry of the bored,  “Are we done yet” and “Are the Pterodactyl wings ready?

Now with the digital era, the older social events like the Kodak Carousel slide show that showcased memories are not as common anymore.  Simply put, they were a lot of work, dragging out the projector, if it still worked, out of the closet, basement, or worse the attic where those stored slides were triggers for a spontaneous combustion. 

SAFETY NOTE: Your attic in Florida hits 140-150 degrees and another twenty or thirty degrees can lite up the house, forget the slides and check the attic exhaust fan, wasps like to make nests in them.  At 160 your house can go up. And all that synthetic luggage you stored there is drying out and makes a nice carcinogen during a fire.

HAVE A GARGE FULL OF SLIDES?  You possibly have a  closet, garage, basement filled with Ektachrome, Kodachrome, Fuji Chrome and Agfa Chrome slides slowly degaussing and gathering dust.   Somewhere out there are estimated six billion plus slides.  

Most likely parked with a broken unfixable Kodak Carousel going or already useless as there are no parts and few work on them. The solution, turn the sides into digital and we offer this service. And we’ll take your old Carousel to the dump as a courtesy.

Sorting was a pain you got to see the good the bad and the ugly, heat up the whole room blowing dust laden air all over the place, and when the bulb cracks going crazy trying to find an overpriced bulb.  And the ultimate insult when the solenoid goes, you have a useless piece of machinery.   I cannot fix them, 50% are prior models with plastic gears and there are no parts, No Kodak, no one answers the phones. 

Many family, career, events, weddings, births, successes and failures, are important to be passed down to the next generation and when these slides are updated and are on DVD’s, they can be passed down to all siblings, friends and future generations to operate with the newer TV’s Smartphones, Tablets and Computers, and any future digital age equipment.  And with todays computers you can make as many copies and use the files as you wish.


SLIDE DIGITIZING 

RUNNING OUT OF TIME

Our machine turns slides into digitized high impact, high resolution images faster than you can sort them.  The memories are fading by the day.  I can save a high percentage till they reach a point of no return.

The K-process was very dependent on time, temperature, chemical balance and here is the actual process format for Kodachrome slides by Kodak shown below. Few labs could really do it right, your slide film went to Rochester and was processed direct.  Few could print from slide without internegatives, thats the first machine we built , an auto internegative machine.

Rumors about ground pollution, and the chemistry is not something you wanted in your backyard might be the reason the plant in Rochester hasn’t been sold, so we hear.   Only the Lord knows whats in the ground...For fifty plus years the K film was the bar by which slide films were judged but a few of them gained recognition such as Fujichrome and AgfaChrome

SUBTRACTIVE METHODS
Leopold Godowsky, Jr. and Leopold Mannes, working with the Eastman Kodak Company, developed Kodachrome, the first commercially successful color film to use the subtractive method.  Kodachrome was introduced in 1935 as 16 mm motion picture film, and in 1936 as 35 mm film for still cameras. The Kodachrome films contained no color dye couplers; these were added during processing.

In late 1936, Agfacolor Neu was launched, Agfa having overcome earlier difficulties with color sensitivity problems. This film had the dye couplers incorporated into the emulsion, making processing simpler than for Kodachrome.

Until about 1995, color transparency was preferred for publication because of the films' higher contrast and resolution, and was widely used in commercial and advertising photography, reportage, sports, stock and nature photography. Digital media gradually replaced transparency film. 




I MANUFACTURE MY OWN
S2D SLIDE MACHINES
I have been in the photographic industry most of my life, as a lab-retail store owner, and a shooter.  I worked since I’m seventeen in  Journalism, Weddings, Commercial, and Sports, I ran a photography school. With the death of Kodak (and half the industry) I felt we needed a better way to convert slides.  I had a working knowledge being a lab owner as to what needed.  I was also a Kodachrome fan.

I just updated my thinking, looked at what the market had to offer which was cheap junk and overpriced commercial conversion gear.   My thinking, little or no research needed, I have been there, done that, this would be easy,  I had a working prototype in three days, a model with the quality of a machine that could cost double from the competition and better resolution and performance than an overpriced , over costed, over bullshitted cost justification commercial model.  

A new internal single modern bulb light system was developed, re-wiring as needed for DC  since the entire projector is high voltage AC powered.  The longest part of the initial build was testing all the possible camera and lens combinations, with real testing and not guessing.   My  first test for production results produced better quality slides, blazing fast, and for a whole lot less, and thats the beauty of keeping things simple. 



BASIC ENGINEERING

KEEPS IT AFFORDABLE
I built our machines because there is nothing on the market that is image compatible, quality assured and affordable.  Using an absorbent board concept eliminated and absorbed any vibrations from the Carousel, literally reduced it to nil and added to the clarity of the image.  And we didn’t need to Consult Engineers, Gurus, Shaolin Priests, Aliens, Klingons or Romulons.  NO research costs. NO overpriced custom built profitable parts.

Frugal thinking, smart value, simple solution. The base saves a lot of money About 600.00 dollars,  I had the prototype projector modified, completed and working on all cylinders in three days.

It went to work, minutes after it was built and thoroughly tested with our SONY-SIGMA-EXT setup combo.   One of the first test slides of all the combinations of cameras lenses and mounts tried is shown. 

The clarity and definition of these supersize prints, was to demonstrate our building simple in many cases is better if you put into your product quality components,  more modern engineering, simplify the construction to keep costs down, and combining more modern optical and scientific advances you have a better slide trap.  



SAMPLE PRINTS MADE FROM SLIDES WE RECOVERED TAKEN IN 1957 ON KODAK K-10
FROM THE SET OF “FAREWELL TO ARMS
” STARRING ROCK HUDSON


YOUR COLLECTIONS AND SIMPLE FACTS
Like many of us we ended up with an overabundance of these memories on slides as slides were the optimal color film and presentation method before digital.   Over time, the pile got larger and larger, the older methodology of trays and sorting for the Kodak Carousel became more and more of a job.  And dragging the Kodak out became a hassle.

Frankly, it’s a pain in the butt, boring, and no one really wants to help, and many just dumped those memories on the next of kin who really didn’t know many of the people in the pictures and can care less.   The legion of disaster, Father Time, Mother Nature and Sir Murphy-Laws control the scenario.  The slides are deteriorating and will soon be useless and not displayable.  

Words like commercial model, school usage are not desirable.  Those school devices were used day and night.  And many we get are just too worn to save or so neglected, a failure is eminent.   The  longer the 300-400 watt halogens ran,  they were also cooking the slides,  increasing the fading and deterioration.   Time to save the slides and the memories and dump the useless stuff, they will not get better.  

Call us first and see if the old machine you have might make a trade in on your slides being converted.  In some cases we can save the slides. Thats the important part.  


PRODUCTION VERSION - ENERGY IN ACTION  I run four of these.


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